All this talk of fences and walls and migration is exhausting, except playwright Karen Zacarias and her director, Edward Torres, make it fun at the Old Globe Theatre.
Michael Francis and Anne-Marie McDermott Inspire Exotic Fare in Opening Mainly Mozart Festival Concert
Michael Francis opened the 30th installment of San Diego’s annual Mainly Mozart Festival Saturday, June 9, with an ebullient orchestra concert that started with with Jean-Féry Rebel’s harmonically startling, rarely performed Baroque dance suite “Les Élémens,” jumped to Mozart’s Piano Concerto in C Major, K. 415, featuring soloist Anne-Marie McDermott—that composer’s equally assertive attack on late 18th-century Viennese rococo elegance—and closed with Beethoven’s Second Symphony.
Under the leadership of Matt M. Morrow, Diversionary Theatre has gifted San Diego with sharp and complex productions and has broken the mold for what might be thought of as “gay” theatre. Its current production, Julia Meinwald and Gordon Leary’s The Loneliest Girl in the World aims even higher – and in many ways gets there….
‘Hair: The American Tribal-Love Rock Musical’ made waves in the Broadway of 1968 with its nudity and its public opposition to the American military effort in South Vietnam. It’s frankly not the best script in the history of the universe — but OB Playhouse correctly sees its value as a marker for Ocean Beach and the spirit of the times.
Egypt’s pharaohs had nothing on the puppets their dynasties loved, just as the postmodern era has embraced puppetry with vigor and delight. New Village Arts’ very good ‘Avenue Q’ capitalizes on our centuries-old affair with our inner marionettes — with a big dose of the real world to keep things in perspective.
Opera superstar Nathan Gunn opened his one man show “Flying Solo” at the Lyceum Theatre. A clever fusion of biography, confessional, and solo recital recounts the story of a high school wrestler from South Bend, Indiana, who makes his way to the stage of New York’s Metropolitan Opera as its leading baritone.